Dutch Tourist Says He Stopped Detroit Plane Attack

A Dutch tourist says he heard a pop, saw smoke and climbed over seats to stop a man from trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight headed to Detroit.

Jasper Schuringa of Amsterdam told CNN on Saturday that he grabbed a burning object, helped put out the fire with his hands and subdued the man, who has been identified as a Nigerian native, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. He says passengers screamed but the suspect remained silent during the incident Friday.

Schuringa described Mutallab as "very afraid." He says there was no struggle as other passengers and crew also rushed to stop him.

Schuringa says he never thought about his own safety. He says he reacted "to try to save the plane."

He spoke to CNN from Miami where he was on vacation with friends.


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